World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s Grand Arena set the stage for Friday’s fanciful feature classes. Today highlighted the $100,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Western Pleasure – Limited Finals, $30,000 NSBA 3 & Over Limited Horse Western Pleasure – Finals, $15,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Horse Hunter Under Saddle – Limited Finals and the $2,000 NSBA Maturity Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure.
Congratulations to Dustin Eickenhorst of Gainesville, TX and Yes No Maybe Soo (Allured To Chocolate x Invite Me Good Bar) on winning this evening’s prestigious $100,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Western Pleasure – Limited Finals. Riding for Kimber Mitchell of Frisco, TX, Eickenhorst and the talented 2019 bay gelding bested a field of over twenty horses to take home a $15,000 check, NSBA trophy, WEC branded scrim sheet and stunning Harris Leather and Silverworks custom belt buckle.
We caught up with owner, Kimber Mitchell, and rider, Dustin Eickenhorst, to chat about this talented horse and its bright future. “This is Cash, and he is my first western pleasure horse! We decided to purchase him as an investment opportunity. He’s such a great match for Dustin – it’s been a great opportunity for everybody. Cash has a great attitude as a three-year-old, I am so impressed by him. Dustin has done a wonderful job.” said Mitchell.
Eickenhorst added, “He was great, and he did everything I asked. I had a great time. We came here in the fall and decided then we were coming back. He will do the NSBA World and a few other futurities and probably come back here in the fall! We love showing at WEC.”
$100,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Western Pleasure – Limited Finals Top Three Results:
1. Dustin E Eickenhorst, Yes No Maybe Soo, Kimber Mitchell
2. Brad A Jewett, The After Party, Jeff Parduhn 1994 Rev Trust
3. Lauren Elizabeth Martin, Gimme Ur Best Stuff, Jana Leigh Simons
Cole Baker and Flo Rida (No Doubt Im Lazy x Why Not Invite Me) loped away with top honors during this evening’s $30,000 NSBA 3 & Over Limited Horse Western Pleasure – Finals.
Baker stopped to chat with us about J R & Melissa Cook’s talented 2019 gelding, “He’s a great show horse. He’s easy in the ring and loves to do his job. We love this beautiful facility. I love the nice, relaxed schedule. Everything is done efficiently, and the horses love it. It makes getting ready a lot easier. I live right down the road, about eight miles. I am lucky enough to have this beautiful facility right in my backyard.”
$30,000 NSBA 3 & Over Limited Horse Western Pleasure – Finals Top Three Results:
1. Cole Baker, Flo Rida, J R & Melissa Cook
2. (Tie) Aaron Moses, Shes Made To Code, Starland Ranch
3. (Tie) Andy Cochran, Aint Nothn To It, Capital Quarter Horses
Shannon McCulloch and LivingLike ArockStar (Living Large x Spurz N Diamonds) secured top honors in this morning’s $15,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Horse Hunter Under Saddle – Limited Finals. The pair bested a field of nineteen through two go-rounds and a finals class to take home the big win.
We caught up with McCulloch after her winning round. “My sister and I bought him at the NSBA Yearling Sale. We have since sold him, but I am getting to show him the remainder of his three-year-old year. My favorite thing about him is his trot and how good-minded he is.”
$15,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Horse Hunter Under Saddle – Limited Finals Top Three Results:
1. Shannon McCulloch, LivingLike ArockStar, Shannon McCulloch
2. Scott A Jones, Big Better, Kristen Atchley
3. Kayla Kohler, Love It Or List It, Lisa Miller-Day
A grand total of thirty-nine entries, which consisted of two splits and a finals round, took to the Grand Arena for today’s $2,000 NSBA Maturity Limited Non Pro Western Pleasure. None could top Courtney Stephens and her own Pistol Packin Mann (Machine Made x Shes Simply Southern) who soared to the top of the judges cards, ultimately winning the class.
$2,000 NSBA Maturity Limited Non Pro Western Pleasure Top Three Results:
1. Courtney Stephens, Pistol Packin Mann, Courtney Stephens
2. Katie Cochran, Mr Freeze, Andy & Katie Cochran
3. Clara Ashlock, Made In The Dark, Clara Ashlock